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Argentina and Germany Collide Again

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History repeats itself again in the World Cup when Argentina and Germany collide in the World Cup Final for a third time. For Argentina, the journey to their fifth World Cup final was a long and difficult one, requiring a nerve-wracking semifinal victory over a stubborn Netherlands team, winning on penalty kicks, 4-2, on a drizzly evening in Sao Paulo.

Maxi Rodriguez, Argentina’s third and final substitute, provided the winning penalty kick against the Netherlands to set up yet another showdown with Germany.

Argentina is back in the World Cup final for the first time since 1990, when it lost to Germany on penalty kicks. In the only other World Cup final meeting against Germany, Argentina won, 3-2, in Mexico City in 1986, led by Diego Maradona.

Argentina, which has not lost in five World Cup semifinals, is 2-2 in World Cup finals. Argentina won its other World Cup in 1978, defeating the Netherlands, 3-1, in Buenos Aires.

The final against Germany figures to be dominated by two of the top scorers in the game, Lionel Messi of Argentina and Germany’s Thomas Muller.

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